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Chelmsford Winterfest 2015, Feb 6th to Feb 8th!

   Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford WinterfestChelmsford Winterfest 2015 is this weekend - Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 8th.

A complete list of Winterfest events is available at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/winterfest/, along with a map of event locations. There are lots of fun happenings all around town - but be sure to check out the events taking place at the library:

  • Saturday, Feb 7th: the Children's Department will be hosting performers Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell with songs and stories for WinterFest, at the main Library at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Feb 8th: the popular WinterFest Social from 2-4 p.m. This is also the kick-off event for Chelmsford's One Book program, so we will be handing out copies of The Sandcastle Girls along with a program brochure and a colorful bibliography of books about Armenia and the Armenian Genocide. Armenian folk music and dance songs will be provided by Ara Jeknavoroian and Harry Alexanian.

Chelmsford Winterfest ArtWalk

  • Sunday, Feb 8th: start of the Center Village ArtWalk. Eleven artists and nine businesses in Center Village are participating in the Artwalk, so stroll around the Center and viewing the displays in the shop windows. Then, cast your vote for your favorite - a People's Choice ballot will be available at the library, or you can vote online at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/winterfest/artwalk
  • Sunday, Feb 8th: opening of the WinterFest Photography Contest February Photography Exhibit. There will be a "People's Choice" ballot box for the public to vote for their favorite photographs in each of the 3 categories. On Sunday the Cultural Council will hand out awards for the juried prize for each category, but the People's Choice award won't be announced until the end of the month. The Cultural Council will also recognize the 2015 grant recipients.

We've had plenty of snow already this year, and this weekend is the time to get out and enjoy winter!

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Last Weekend To Donate Books!

   Friday, January 16th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

stop signThis weekend is the last chance people will have to donate books to the library until Spring.

Since the Dutton House next door to the library could not be sold to be moved, the Selectmen have approved its demolition. The work of clearing the building for demolition is to begin immediately, which also means that the house can no longer be used for book sale storage.

Therefore, starting on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, the library cannot accept any book donations until the Dutton House is replaced with a new storage building. Plans for a storage building, additional parking, and more green space will be finalized by the Spring. We'll update everyone when the library will be able to once again happily accept donations from our patrons.

We apologize for this interruption in accept donations, because the library truly appreciates the generosity and support of the Chelmsford community.

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Digital Services at the Chelmsford Library

   Friday, January 9th, 2015 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

econtent tabletAre you paying for a subscription to a service like Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix to receive digital books, movies, music and television? Did you know that similar services are available for free through your library?

With just a library card, you can download bestselling eBooks, like John Grisham's Gray Mountain; full-color magazines, like National Geographic; classic films, like "To Kill a Mockingbird;" and popular television shows, like "Wallander" and "MI-5." You can even download and keep up to five songs per week. Whether it's Mozart or Megan Trainor, select from among 8 million songs to keep for as long as you want.

Connect to any of these services from the library's webpage at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/econtent/. For assistance with these services, contact or visit the library, sign up for a one-on-one help session, or register for one of the Tech Talk workshops held each month. The next workshops are scheduled for January 28 at 10 a.m. and February 4 at 10 a.m. Bring in laptops or mobile devices for help setting up, or just attend to learn more. Contact the library's Reference Desk with questions at askus@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x211.

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Find the Value of Your Antiques!

   Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.

Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.

Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.

P4A Price for Antiques database

The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.

Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.

If you have any questions about the P4A Antiques Reference database, please contact the Reference Desk.

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October 2014 Flu Clinics for Chelmsford Residents

   Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

flu shotThe Chelmsford Board of Health has an upcoming flu shot clinic, available to Chelmsford residents. An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza, or of transmitting influenza to others.

Thursday October 16, 2014
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ages 6 months or older

Location: Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Rd, Route 40
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

EVERYONE regardless of age MUST bring all health insurance cards!

If you have any questions you may call Sue Rosa, RN at the Chelmsford Board of Health (978) 250-5243.

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